Hole lot of trouble — (Mansfield Today)

SSRI Ed note: Young man on antidepressants questioned about authenticity of a banknote kicks a hole in the door to get out, injures himself, is caught

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Last Updated: 29 May 2007

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A MAN who kicked a hole in the door of a Mansfield Woodhouse post office to escape after an emergency lock down was ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation at Mansfield magistrates on Thursday.

Patrick McCann (26), of Linehouses Caravan Site, Stoke-on-Trent, admitted causing damage to the door on 21st December while he was in the area looking for work.

The court was told McCann went into the Warsop Road post office to buy stamps and envelopes but when he tried to pay with a Scottish £20 note, the postmaster suspected it was counterfeit and pressed the emergency button locking the door.

McCann became anxious and kicked a hole in the door to escape, but cut himself on the way out and left a DNA sample which police used to trace him.

In mitigation, the court was told McCann had been experiencing emotional distress at the time of the incident, was taking anti-depressants and regretted his actions.

By committing the offence he was also in breach of a conditional discharge and Judge Mervyn Harris ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation for the door, a £100 fine for the offence and £50 for the breach.